EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


December 22, 2012

No shooter, but police vow arrests

Students in bus incident say people 'going crazy'


Pistone said that in each case, the windows shot were next to children on the driver’s side of the buses. Pistone said a BB was found on the bus carrying the high school students. Those responsible will be charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, police said. Haverhill police detectives John Moses and Carl Rogers are investigating. No arrests were made as of yesterday afternoon, police said. Police ask that anyone with information on the shootings call the police station at 978-373-1212.

As Belmer drove students to Haverhill High yesterday morning, she had some good news for them. As a Christmas present, they didn’t have to pay the usual $1 for a round trip ride. The city has two “pay” buses for students who live within 1 1/2 miles of Haverhill High and normally would have to walk or get their own ride.

Belmer’s first stop was on White Street, where just a few students boarded. At her next and final stop on High Street, more than a dozen students got on board. Most of them were on her bus Thursday, but had gotten off before it headed up Winter Street, where it was shot at.

At a press conference Thursday night, police said they believe the BBs were fired at the buses by the same person, possibly in a vehicle that drove past the buses. Pistone said students on the two buses could have been shot in the eye or side of the head and seriously injured.

“If this was some sort of prank, it’s certainly a sick joke, a sick prank in light of what’s happened,” he said during the press conference.

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